SAWTRY Community College reached the finals of a Cambridgeshire badminton competition in Peterborough on Friday. Four of Sawtry s year 11 boys took part in the competition, beating Orton Longueville from Peterborough and Witchford from Ely in five straigh

SAWTRY Community College reached the finals of a Cambridgeshire badminton competition in Peterborough on Friday.

Four of Sawtry's year 11 boys took part in the competition, beating Orton Longueville from Peterborough and Witchford from Ely in five straight games.

The boys were unable to get past hosts Thomas Deacon Academy though, and were narrowly beaten in the final.

The final saw the two teams level 2-2 after two singles and doubles games, but the Peterborough team edged through the final doubles game 21-19.

Joe Strickett, Eliot Fullerton, Joe Mason and Cameron Grey were the students representing Sawtry, and they had been given lessons by English teacher and badminton coach Frances Powell.

The Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Tournament saw schools from across the county head to Thomas Deacon Academy.

After winning, the hosts will now compete in the regional badminton round at Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham on February 23.

The four categories at the competition were boys ages seven, eight and nine, boys aged 10 and 11, and the same two categories for girls.

Thomas Deacon Academy won three of the categories, losing only in the girls aged 10 and 11 section, which was won by Peterborough Jack Hunt School.

Simon Parson, head of PE at Sawtry Community College, said: "This is the first time we have entered the competition so to come this close to winning is really pleasing. We only have a small sports department so to be able to compete with Thomas Deacon [Academy] who have a full time badminton coach is great.

"The boys did the school proud, as we came so close and essentially lost out by only two points. We're a bit gutted to lose but pleased to have got so far. We actually scored more points than them [Thomas Deacon Academy] but it was done on games and they won one more than us.

"We will be entering again next year and hopefully we can go on and win as we have some promising players coming through year nine."

Ejaz Moghul, Racquets Development Officer for Living Sport, was one of the key organisers of the event.

"The county round at Thomas Deacon will build on the work Living Sport has been doing for badminton, strengthening the route young people have into the sport competitively," he said.

"One of the county coaches on the day was working specifically with young girls to nurture their badminton skills and we will be keeping an eye out for talented young people."

The national finals will also take place in Centre Parcs, and will be held on April 25 for the younger category and the following day for the older group.